- In the year 2000, the U.S. was ranked as the second freest economy in the world.
- By 2009 we had lost some of our relative freedom but still ranked in the top ten countries of the world.
- In the latest index calculations, we have dropped down to number 16, sandwiched between Lithuania and Malta.
- Recall that Lithuania was once part of the USSR, an economic situation that no one would ever call free by any measurement.
- Canada ranked number five meaning that it was much easier and likely more financially attractive to do business in Canada than in the United States by a very large margin.
- Underneath the total index we see that we ranked a dismal 78th when it comes to the size of our Federal government, not surprising given the huge sizes of our Federal annual budget deficits every year since Obama took over.
- Ranking 78th on size of government now makes us worse in this area than even most of the socialist governments in Europe.
- Even more distressing, the U.S. dollar got us the top ranking in the monetary soundness measurement category as late as 2005 but since then, eleven short years later, our monetary rating has plummeted to 40th.
- When the first index was calculated back in 1980, our legal system and respect for property rights made us number one but the latest report puts our legal system and respect for property rights 27th, right next to Rwanda and Portugal.
- Millions of Americans go hungry every day.
- At any time during the year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are homeless.
- Every day, our veterans are not getting the medical care they were promised and need.
- Every day, likely hundreds of Americans die from drug addiction.
- The National Institutes of Health is going to spend $50,000 to study how much snacking drunk college students do.
- Over a two year period, researchers will track the drinking and eating binges of 175 freshmen at the University of Kansas.
- They want to study the ridiculous hypothesis that drinking alcohol may lead to unhealthy eating.
- They also want to see if heavy drinking leads to the infamous “Freshman 15” weight gain theory.
- Heavy drinking does lead to unhealthy eating. No college student ever said “give me a Budweiser and a side of broccoli.”
- By definition, alcohol is heavy in calories so drinking a lot as a freshmen adds to one’s body weight.
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